Lipstick Queen Big Bang Theory Gloss in Energy: Swatches and Review

Okay…I was lured into this gloss the second I saw it. It was red, sparkly, had an interesting shape, is space-themed, and by Lipstick Queen…oh and did I mention it was red? Yeah, just the first criteria alone did it for me. I was a lost cause. But did I get blinded my the galactic light? 

 *Note there is a little discrepancy as the packaging says Big Bang Illusion, but it is marketed as Big Bang Theory gloss…* This gloss comes in 8 gorgeous colors for $22 and every one is named after a part of Poppy King’s ‘Big Bang Theory’ about fuller lips. Basically, this gloss is supposed to give you the full, pouty lips your long for without the stinging, tingling, or burning of other actual plumping glosses. 

 The packing is really sleek and pretty, but a little on the awkward side as the wand is very long and the doe foot brush is very small. This gives you great control, but it doesn’t pick up much product, so I had to go back a few times to get full coverage on my lips. 

 I have to say, I was a little teensy bit disappointed when I swatched Energy for the first time. In the tube, it looks like a metallic red, blow-my-mind-away sparkle galaxy extravaganza. But on my hand…just…eh?  

 
On my lips…pretty, but lacking the wow factor I craved. However, I won’t write this gloss totally off. It truly does make my lips look full and moisturized. It was also comfortable to wear once I got enough on my lips, had decent staying power (a couple of hours), and was very shiny.
 
Overall…Lipstick Queen Big Bang Theory Illusion Gloss didn’t blow me away with the red option (but I do have high standards when it comes to reds now, since I have too many to count); however, I will be checking out their neutral colors. I think I was too caught up in the look of the red to realize that the nude shades we pretty as well and probably really do the formula more justice.
 
If you are looking for a solid red gloss—Energy is for you, but if you have an arsenal of red lipsticks and glosses, this is nothing out of the ordinary.

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